Traffic deaths in the United States rose about 9 percent in the first nine months of 2015 compared to same period a year earlier, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday, as low gasoline prices increased road travel. The department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not offer an explanation for the increase in traffic deaths to an estimated 26,000 in the first nine months of 2015, the highest level since the same period in 2008. The northwestern United States reported a 20 percent increase in road deaths, higher than any other region.
Atlantic City, New Jersey's cash-strapped gambling hub, may no longer have a state-appointed emergency manager, but some big costs for outside professionals working to resolve its fiscal crisis will continue. The state extended its contract with Ernst & Young LLP [ERNY.UL] for another year, through the end of 2016, according to documents obtained by Reuters through a public records request. Atlantic City could see its cash flow turn negative by April and is one of the most dangerous cities in New Jersey despite a drop in crime last year.
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally shooting his wife eight times during an argument, a slaying that gained international notoriety after he posted a photo of her bloody body on Facebook.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said on Friday he wants officials to focus on solving problems around lead-contaminated drinking water in the city of Flint instead of laying blame as he said some have been doing. "There are a number of folk out there that are spending their time mainly on the political side and the blame side," he said at a meeting in Flint of local and state officials responding to the crisis. Snyder's comments came a day after liberal group Progress Michigan released emails showing high-ranking state officials knew about an increase in Legionnaires' disease in Genesee County, where Flint is located, and a possible link to the contaminated water almost a year before the governor said he got information about the outbreak.
NEW YORK (AP) — A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the rig's lengthy boom fell, officials said.